Access to the Caspian Sea is critical for them
Why? What is there they don't already have plenty of??? :))
what does Poland have now that they could possibly want? What could they control?
What did Poland have before? Look, take the US, for example, if you are tired to hear about Russian Federation - they are in Iraq - why? Because of the ``weapons of mass destruction``, right? Afghanistan, why is NATO there? Why was the Soviet Union there for 10 years? Why Americans are wasting billions there and one sees no end whatsoever? Afghanistan is the same as it was in 1960s. You say we are long after the WWII. Are we? It is the same thing as it was before - there is a constant fight for geopolitical control. Iran will soon build its own nuclear weapon and attention of the ``civilized world``might then divert from messing up the Middle East to making sure everything on the Old Continent is properly carved out and loyalties checked. It is natural as history repeats itself over and over.
Given the current political climate
I am not talking about the next year. But it goes in that direction. And make oneself relax in anticipation of peaceful intentions of RF or support of France is ridiculous. Sikorski doctrine takes that precaution and makes Poland more prepared, which is great.
maybe even Russian doesn't mean that you speak Polish
I don`t speak Russian, but I am quite well in Polish :)
My mother-in-law knows and has experienced MUCH more of Polish life than you ever will. Poland can defend itself if it so wishes.
I have never doubted your mother`s-in-law critical analysis of Poland`s defense issues.
I advocate defensive plans, yes. However, I follow rational lines and am not blinded by paranoia.
Glad to hear that. Now, please, quote me on paranoic statements in regards to Polish defense suggestions I made, Seanus. It will be very kind of you.
I've been down that route already :)
I thought you are still married ;)
to have a semi-literal "ham" at the helm
Sasha, I disagree on this one. He is not semi-illiterate (if this is what you meant, although there may be a good pun in ``semi-litter
al`` ;). No. He is illiterate and dumb as a wall. It is an offense to all pigs to call this moron a `ham``.
providing I've always wished the best to Ukraine as a state
I wish the best to Russian Federation, especially to its people. But the fact is the fact - your country is not really interested in developing 1/9 th of the world`s land it has, but prefers to mess the livelihood of surrounding states - the Baltics, Ukraine, Belarus`, Moldova, Georgia, Azerbajdzan,...I wish it was a single accident without a pattern, but you know your country`s history I hope to cast off bias a bit and see that what I am saying at least partially is correct. It is your country`s foreign policy and I know that there will be a conflict sooner or later. I warn the Polish people who happen to read this - to think about that, because this is important.
though I haven't been to Canada and that may be the case
What holds you, Sasha? Canada might be a nice experience for you :)
I can fully understand the natural fears of Poles and Ukrainians but their self-proclaimed expertise is laughable.
Where do you see fear? The fact that I prefer peace or at least be fully prepared doesn`t mean that Ukraine or Poland is scared of Russia or any other country. You might occupy an unprepared country, but you will get what NATO faces in Afghanistan, US - in Iraq and Russia - in Chechnia. But it is always better to be ready, Seanus.
They turn sth very simple into a non-stop thesis.
For you everything is clear-cut and simple and your mother-in-law explains geopolitical situations. I see it differently and I see it knowing some of the past and present.
It must grow thin for a Russian such as yourself to have to listen to it.
He is an intelligent guy and he defends his country. It is understandable. I see the threat to the Eastern Europe and importance of Polish-Ukrainian and other neighboring state separate defense system in case where the rest of Europe and the world will flush us down the drain. RF has an advantage of being interested in international conflicts. Poland and Ukraine are interested in business, which is why there may be military disadvantage on our side. But together we easily can fix it. This is no paranoia. This is reasonable and demanding precaution.